Many jobs and careers have a requirement for travel. This travel might include trips to conferences and other events. When you travel for business, you are in danger of becoming injured. From incidents to accidents, every step of the trip is a risk. If you are injured on a business trip, you might wonder if you are eligible to file for workers’ compensation benefits.
Generally, you will be able to claim workers’ compensation benefits as long as the injury you suffered occurred while you doing work-related duties. That means that if you fall while you are heading into a conference, you would be covered. If you fell while you were out for a nightcap on your free time, you likely wouldn’t be covered. It is crucial to take all of the factors of the injury and accident into account so that you can find out if a claim for workers’ compensation is appropriate.
When you file for workers’ compensation benefits for a work-related injury that occurred during a business trip, you would file in the same manner as you would any other workers’ compensation claim. It is important to note that you should keep copies of any bills you receive since they will be in another location from where you usually work.
Another factor to consider in this case would be if there is the possibility of a third-party lawsuit. If you fell at the hotel you were staying in, you might be able to file a claim for compensation against the hotel. Third-party lawsuits should be carefully evaluated to determine if the conditions necessary for the lawsuit are present.
Source: FindLaw, “Can I Get Workers' Comp for a Business Trip Injury?,” Ephrat Livni, Esq., accessed May 06, 2016